When will violence against doctors stop? 4500 doctors protest in Maharashtra

The Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) along with the resident doctors are protesting by wearing black badges and helmets outside the district collector's office after doctors were attacked in Kolkata

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After the recent attacks on doctors in Kolkata, the entire medical fraternity had demanded better security facilities for them and wanted West Bengal Chief Minister (CM) Mamata Banerjee to address the issue. However, Mamata Banerjee refused to take any concrete steps and the doctors called for a nationwide protest. 

In Maharashtra, over 4500 doctors from government hospitals have stated that they will not perform surgeries and attend to out-patient departments (OPD) highlighting their discontent about the whole issue.  

The Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) along with the resident doctors are protesting by wearing black badges and helmets outside the district collector's office. They will even hand over a memorandum to every district collector which will be addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 

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The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has also joined in the protest. The demands of the doctors include increase in security at hospitals as they are victims of violence which is initiated by relatives of patients admitted in hospitals. 


Here's what happened in Kolkata  

In Kolkata's NRS Medical College, junior doctors, Paribaha Mukhopadhyay and Yash Tekwani were assaulted on Monday, June 10, which left one of them with a fractured skull. The mob accused the doctors of negligence after a 75-year old patient died in the hospital and the family started attacking resident doctors. This led to a protest in West Bengal.

On Thursday, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee intervened and ordered the doctors to get back to work within 4 hours. This agitated the doctors even further and they called for a nationwide protest which has led to the healthcare sector in Maharashtra and Delhi to come to a standstill.

In Mumbai, Sion Hospital and other government hospitals have come forward to join the protest and condemn the violence faced by doctors. 

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